FBI Arrests 18 in Drug & ‘Ghost Gun’ Bust

September 20, 2020

LOS ANGELES, California—Eighteen people were arrested Tuesday, September 15, as part of an FBI led operation code-named “Dark Phoenix,” which involved drugs and at least five AR-15 style “ghost guns,” according to CBS Los Angeles.

According to federal officials, around 28 lbs. of methamphetamine, a quarter-pound of cocaine and crack cocaine, and 16 firearms were seized during the investigation.

Seven federal indictments charged 25 people. One of the indictments alleged a series of methamphetamine sales by pounds, reports CBS Los Angeles.

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53-year-old Dau Quay Duong and 47-year-old Christopher Nguyen, have been charged with illegal firearm sales for allegedly selling five AR-15 type rifles with no serial numbers (ghost guns).

Another indictment saw 47-year-old Johnathon Domingo Go of Torrance charged with selling two .40-caliber pistols and 5.56-caliber assault pistols—ghost guns as well.

Another seven indictments were a variety of drug charges. According to CBS Los Angeles, most of the defendants face a mandatory minimum federal prison sentence of 10 years. Some will face decades more prison time because of their existing criminal records.

Feature Image via CBS Los Angeles

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